Academic Administration

The Advising Program

All students are assigned an academic advisor when they enroll at PUC. The name of your advisor is listed on your information page in WebAdvisor, but if you are considering changing majors or adding an additional major, you can locate advisors by department on pp. 13-14 in the Academic Start Guide.

Academic advising is a process of working through the challenges of academic life as a team. Your advisor will give counsel, offer insights, and provide encouragement, all the while respecting your right to make the academic decisions you feel are in your own best interest.

Academic Advising is not handholding; it’s not spoon-feeding; it’s not the mere approval of class schedules. It’s not an arrangement whereby one member of the team carries the load. Each individual has responsibilities.

To reinforce the mutual commitment to academic advising, all students are advised to meet with their academic advisor at least once every quarter. Students should especially make sure to meet with their advisor every spring quarter before registering for the next academic year. A "hold" will be placed on all students' registration until they have consulted their academic advisor, who will lift the hold.

Students can view their personalized program evaluation at any time on WebAdvisor by clicking on Program Evaluation in the Academic Profile section and following the prompts to generate it. This evaluation will show completed courses for a program as well as remaining requirements, making it an excellent tool to track student progress and plan curriculum for upcoming terms.

Students looking to earn their bachelor’s degree in the recommended four-year time frame will want to make sure they stay on track by planning ahead. The “Finish in Four” checklist on page 23 of the Academic Start Guide provides helpful advice for you to go over with your advisor to ensure you graduate when you plan to.

Undeclared Students

Students who are not ready to declare a major are assigned to an advisor who will help them structure their course schedules in a way that provides an appropriate foundation for their future major course work. The advisor also helps students to look at course options that will be helpful in making a decision about the major. For a sample one-year schedule, see the Information for Undeclared Majors guidesheet.

Teaching Credential Advising

If you have chosen a career in teaching, you should consult with the Chair of the Education department as early as possible in your curriculum planning. You should discuss requirements for both Seventh-day Adventist and California State teaching credentials. Early identification with the elementary or secondary teaching profession as a career is essential for structuring an orderly academic program. If you are a candidate for elementary teaching, you should register your intention after one quarter in residence. If you are a transfer student, you should register your intention upon enrollment. You will be admitted to the teacher education program after your application has been approved by the Education department. Further information is available at the Education department office or on their web page.

Counseling Services

The Career & Counseling Center provides career counselors who can administer and interpret interest and personality inventories. These professionals can advise about appropriate majors to pursue in preparation for certain careers. It is crucial, however, to meet with your academic advisor for specific career and degree requirements.

Academic Start Guide

The Academic Start Guide provides a complete look at programs, requirements, policies and academic resources at PUC.

Academic Start Guide
The Academic Start Guide provides relevant information to help you accomplish your educational goals at PUC.